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The New York Post posted an article earlier saying this:
"Braves scout Jim Fregosi watched Chamberlain pitch a scoreless inning Friday night in Baltimore, when his fastball was clocked in the mid-90s."
I, for one, am hoping that the Braves JUST SAY NO to Joba Chamberlain.
First off, Joba is a free agent after the season, so essentially he is a rental and that is it. I wouldn’t want to lose any prospects for the sight of Joba squeezing himself into a Braves jersey for the next 3 months. Joba also has an injury history as long as Jayson Werths beard. He has already had one DL trip this season from an oblique injury, and he has gone on the DL in previous years for a myriad of ailments including injuries to his elbow, ankle, rotator cuff and finally, the dreaded Tommy John surgery.
All of these reasons and I haven’t even gotten to his actual pitching ability yet, which isn’t nearly as good as it used to be. He can still strike guys out at a decent rate, but not as many as he used to, and he still walks a ton of guys (4.43 BB per 9 in 2013), which is what you don’t want out coming out of the pen. Also, his HR rate and WHIP keep going up and up and up. Basically, he is just plain hittable at this point in his career, and IMO would not improve the Braves pen.